Do you feel the same way as I do about succulents?
I appreciate your interest in this article on how to grow succulents indoors for beginners.
Don’t worry, I had the same problem, you’re not the first to experiment with succulents species and haven’t had much success.
You can’t resist the allure of succulents!! I’m literally obsessive with their wide variety of shapes, colors and shapes and I love how easy they are to care for.
My experience with succulents inside the house has not been all rainbows and cupcakes!
For years, (ever since I was a kid! ), I’ve experimented with indoor succulents, and I’ve found that not all succulents are that easy to grow and take care of! Many of these plants need to be stored for quite a long time after they have been purchased from the store.
Most of the succulents sold locally are popular and beautiful, so local shops and greenhouses have a wide selection of them. It is not always taken into consideration why certain succulents do not thrive in certain climates, and that is one of the main reasons for this.
There may also be lack of proper care and maintenance or a lack of knowledge about a particular species.
The Echeveria is one of my favorite plants. The geometry and colours of these plants have such an effect on me that I have purchased several varieties, but I have yet to be successful at growing them properly. So I haven’t included them in my wish list.
It spreads out of proportion, (see image below) until it either dies or thrives (see image below).
I know that Echeverias look good if they are properly cared for, but that doesn’t come easy to me either. That’s why I didn’t include them on my list of indoor succulents for beginners.
The plants in this collection are easy to grow and propagate, (if that’s something you want to try), and low maintenance.
1. ALOE VERA
The Aloe Vera plant is widely distributed in all tropical, semi-tropical, and arid regions, regardless of its origin in the Arabian Peninsula.
There are medicinal, agricultural, and ornamental uses of this plant.
Because of its healing properties and air purifying benefits, Aloe Vera has become a popular indoor succulent.
This plant needs a lot of bright light to flourish. A south or west window is perfect for it. Direct sunlight is beneficial to it as long as it’s not right up against the glass!
Since its leaves and roots are packed with water, it requires very little water. Root rot is a consequence, so it should be planted in a container with drainage holes filled with draining potting mix. You should throw away any stagnant water that remains at the bottom of your saucer after watering it.
My plants get watered every three to four weeks.
2. JADE PLANT, (CRASSULA OVATA)
In the past few years, jade plants have become widely spread all over the world as indoor decorative plants. They are easy indoor succulents!
Their easy maintenance enabled them to become popular houseplants, but their good luck properties also made them popular, so they’re often called Money Plants.
A Jade Plant needs a lot of bright light and even direct sunlight to thrive and will tend to become leggy in low light conditions.
Do not water these plants on a schedule. The best way to determine whether or not watering is needed is to touch the top soil. If it feels dry, water it! Do not let the soil dry out completely!
You can propagate Jade Plants by simply pinching the stems straight off when the plant grows too large or leggy, and putting those stems straight into a pot of soil.
A well-cared for and under optimal environmental conditions, these plants can grow to be quite large and old.
3. CHRISTMAS CACTUS, (SCHLUMBERGERA)
Originating from the coastal mountains of Brazil, the Christmas Cactus is a cactus whose flowering season is from November to March.
This plant is best known as the Christmas Cactus because it blooms during the Christmas season. However, if properly cared for, it will also sprout some stunning blooms in the off-season.
The first time I bought one around Christmas time, it had a large amount of flowers on it. I watched it drop flower after flower until it was all gone, and all attempts to rebloom it failed. It kept dropping off all the buds until I figured out it needed lots of indirect light and a lot of water. After all, it is a succulent.
One of the ways I water my plant is to pour water really close to the main stems so that the soil and plant absorb the water rather than dripping it out right away leaving a pool of water. Do not overwater this plant!
Cactus plants thrive in high humidity. A pebble tray filled with water underneath its pot is an ideal solution to maintain a high level of humidity.
Additional benefits of this plant include that it is non-toxic and safe for children, cats and dogs.
4. PENCIL CACTUS, (EUPHORBIA TIRUCALLI)
Tropical regions of Africa and the tropics host the Pencil Cactus, which grows on black clay.
To thrive, this plant prefers and needs bright natural light. For best results, it should be located in a west or south facing window.
The Pencil Cactus requires little watering. Once every three weeks to a month should be sufficient. Ventilation is essential for this plant, so it needs to be planted in a container with draining potting mix.
After a year, I have three Pencil Cactus.
The most effective way to propagate this plant is to cut several stems and place them in water for a few weeks. After a few weeks a new root will appear.
You should wear gloves and safety glasses when cutting off pieces of this plant, as the sap it produces can be toxic and irritating to some people.
Plants like this shouldn’t be accessible to pets and children.
5. SNAKE PLANT, (SANSEVIERIA TRIFASCIATA)
Snake Plants are succulents, did you know that?
Tropical regions of West Africa are home to snake plants.
The ideal indoor succulent, in my opinion, is the one that requires very little watering and low light conditions. Ideal for spaces lacking natural light, like offices or malls, that also require regular watering, this plant is best.
It requires watering between two and three times a week. It is not a concern for lack of humidity so this hardy plant flourishes!
Due to its modular design and tall vertical leaves, it is a very useful tool for dividing and delineating spaces. A row of these plants at each side of a main entrance, for example, can be used to separate an open office space from a fleet of individual desks, while simultaneously directing traffic to a specific area.
Air purification is also an advantage of the plant.
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